WIWS: Tweed & Respect Life

We’ve had a busy, fun weekend with family visiting and pumpkin patch outings, so we’re all a little pooped today, especially little miss SK.  The weather fits our moods (rainy & dreary) so we decided that we would make it a two nap day for our exhausted toddler, and we went to the 11 am Mass in between snoozies.

I know I shouldn’t be excited about this, but the weather today warranted wearing tights!  It’s all fun and games, until after Christmas.  Then it gets real old.

Gap blazer & tank, Loft lace, Old Navy skirt & shoes, Target tights. Awkward straight arms pose c/o years of Irish dancing... and homeschooling. ;)

Gap blazer & tank, Loft lace, Old Navy skirt & shoes, Target tights. Veeerrrry old Bass outlet necklace. Awkward straight arms pose c/o years of Irish dancing… and homeschooling. 😉

For those of you who were waiting with baited breath, yes I was triumphant in my great blazer search!  But I ended up going with this brown tweed, instead of navy blue.

[I’ll give you an extremely pared down version of my blazer decision making process.  Feel veddy veddy free to skip.]

Basically, I realized that I already own a lot of navy blue things, especially tops, so it would be silly to get a navy blue blazer if I had nothing to wear with it.  Also, while I still love the classic, polished look of a navy blazer, I thought it might be too formal for me for every day stay-at-home-mom wear.  For a while I toyed with the idea of getting a jean jacket instead, but it just wasn’t me.  Then I saw the brown tweed at Gap. It seemed so much more casual and warm than a navy blazer.  Tweeds always make me think British.  And it reminds me of my dapper McGrandpa. Anyway, full price, the blazer was $98, but I waited until there was a 35% off sale and a Tuesday (I get 10% off on Tuesdays with my Gapcard) so I ended up paying $57, so $7 over budget. But, buying the blazer earned me $10 back in rewards points, so it’s kinda like I came in under budget, right?


Look! When you pop the collar, there’s a fun pop of fuchsia! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And now Ellen is done buying clothes {forever}<— So sayeth the husband. And reality.


Switching gears, today is Respect Life Sunday.  Our pastor gave a really good sermon today about pro-life issues, from womb to tomb.  He exhorted us to reach out to those in need, to those who suffer and to those who are grieving.  Because being pro-life means being pro-all life.  Christ came to give us life abundantly, and while we strive for everlasting life in Heaven with Him one day, our work is here on the earth.

 It’s really made me think about how I can serve others this week and be pro-life.  I can’t help but feel like my sister Mary and her vocation as a Little Sister of the Poor serving the poor elderly is so much more pro-life than mine of just taking care of my kiddo and my husband.  I know that’s not true, and my vocation is important, but I also know I need to be more intentional about where my time goes.  I could get going earlier in the morning, make sure I get to daily Mass and free up more time for service.  I can make sure to get to a 40 Days for Life event this month. I could pick a day every week to fast for a particular intention (I know my Mom does this). I mean heck! I just need to be more mindful of giving a chunk of my time to the Lord in prayer every day.  I’ve recently put an alarm on my phone to remind me, and this has helped, but I still have a long way to go.

How do you do it, McSisters and internet friends?  How do you do live life more pro-life?  I know I’ve got more time on my hands because I only have my SK, while most of you have your hands full with many kids and activities and responsibilities – with life!  I hope to be in your shoes one day, but right now I have more time and I know I don’t use it wisely. Maybe you have some pointers for me?  Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple hosted by my favorite Canadian Mum Christy today(! :)) for What I Wore Sunday.

15 thoughts on “WIWS: Tweed & Respect Life

  1. you look fabulous and I love the blazer you chose!! Love it. I wish the weather here allowed me to where tights…sigh…maybe next weekend. have a fabulous week!

  2. Um, I'm completely in love with your outfit, and LOVE the winner of the blazer search! I found a blazer recently, too, and can't wait until the weather cools off! (But, like you say, it's allll fun and games until you're ready for winter to be over.)

    The Little Sisters of the Poor were actually speaking at our church today- they have such a great ministry! My grandpa recently was admitted to a nursing home and I have so been meaning to take the girls to visit him. I know it's different if you don't know anyone to visit, but maybe there's a nursing home ministry in your diocese you could team up with?

    • Thanks Lisa & I can't wait to see your blazer! I definitely need to look into ministries. I would love to do some nursing home visits with my girlie. She's pretty chill and I know she would bring a lot of joy.

  3. I luuuurve your blazer! I was trying to figure out my own (unpictured… forgot, whoops) Mass outfit, was wishing for a blazer, and wondered if you'd found one yet! No real suggestions for being more pro-life here. I've been lately trying to be more intentional in my own prayer life, too, so solidarity!

    • Thanks, Francine! And thanks for the solidarity. It's so hard feeling like there's so much you can do but you really don't know where to start or how practical it all is when you have rug-rats in tow.

  4. Omigoodness I love that blazer so much I wanna buy it right now! Theres something about tweed that just does it for me. And I really like that necklace.

    And I like your thoughts on pro-life. I don't know how much I'm even doing intentionally. And maybe that's wrong. Maybe I should know exactly what I'm doing? I'm not sure. But good thoughts!

    And you're too sweet Ellen-thanks for your lovely compliments!

    • Thanks Christy! That necklace is so old, but I've worn it lots. It was always a hit with my preschool students. They always loved all the colors!

  5. My friend Jen said to tell you that she likes the blazer, Ellen, and that she went out and bought her own this past week! You're a fashion trail-blazer (get it??)!

  6. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my post this week (which is old news by now, I'm way slow at responding). I'm so glad that you enjoyed it – and I'll be stopping back here, too! P.S. I have that same necklace, which probably means that we're BFF 🙂

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